• Tony Bosworth

Busy HEN's at Pugh's Lagoon

Volunteers from Hawkesbury environment group HEN have been busy this past week at Richmond's Pugh's Lagoon wetlands helping to restore the natural environment of the local beauty spot.

The work has been possible thanks to a $20,000 grant to Hawkesbury Environment Network which was secured by Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman.

Federal Member for Macquarie, Susan Templeman, with HEN Secretary Christine Watson and Melissa Medo from Ecotune at Pugh's Lagoon

"HEN volunteers work to conserve and restore the natural environment of the local area, and to raise awareness of natural resource management,” Ms Templeman said.

“As part of that work, HEN has recently been able to resume its wetlands project at Smith Park, Pugh's Lagoon, working with Hawkesbury City Council and local bush regeneration company Ecotune to remove weeds and plant native species.

Ms Templeman visited the lagoon recently to see the team’s work so far.

"I must say I was impressed with the huge amount of non-native grass and other weeds they were removing along the water’s edge," the MP said.

“I know the HEN volunteers were very excited to get back to work – all the while following strict Covid-safe conditions - and they have planted tall sedges and melaleuca in the area.”

HEN celebrates its 10th anniversary in October, and is planning to have an AGM anniversary event with the theme “Self-Sufficiency in Isolation” streamed on the web to give members the opportunity to join in the celebrations without the need to be physically present.

For more information about HEN events, visit hen.org.au.

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